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|indulge; delay||beautiful; beauty; America|
|simp. and trad.
- From 耽 ("covet, enjoy") + 美 ("beauty"). Originally coined in Japanese as a translation of "aestheticism" (equivalent Chinese term: 唯美主义), and was applied in the description of BL-themed comics since the 1970s which at the time were mostly aesthetic and romantic. The latter meaning was later reintroduced into Chinese (as 和製漢語).
- This term is often referred to in Chinese texts as boys' love or BOYS LOVE, or simply abbreviated as BL.
- “耽美”, in Baidu on-line encyclopedia (in Mandarin), accessed 2010-05-28